Could Repealing Transgender Equality in MA Threaten Boston’s Chances of Landing Amazon HQ2?
January 18, 2018

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Amazon has released its much-anticipated list of 20 finalists for their second world headquarters, and among the cities named is our Commonwealth’s own city of Boston.

With an a initial investment estimated at over $5 billion, both Boston and the state of Massachusetts as a whole would experience a major economic boost, and as well as the creation of up to 50,000 new, high-paying jobs.

Amazon has indicated they are looking to build in a location that does not run contrary to their company’s values of fairness and equal treatment. Their current world headquarters is based in Seattle, Washington, where comprehensive non-discrimination protections are part of statewide law.

Now, the campaign to defend #TransLawMA is more important than ever to the future growth of the Massachusetts economy. Upholding our Commonwealth’s protections for transgender Bay Staters shows Amazon and other entities that our state supports the values of fairness and equal treatment.

Having statewide comprehensive non-discrimination laws in place speaks volumes about the state’s priorities when it comes to the treatment of its people; without them, the state stands to lose not only the opportunity for economic growth, but its reputation as a welcoming and safe environment for all. We saw what happened in North Carolina with the passage of anti-transgender legislation—similar to the initiative that will be on the MA ballot this November: Billions in lost revenue, tens of thousands of lost jobs and a tarnished reputation on the global stage.

The last thing Massachusetts economy needs is the world identifying us as the first state in the country to roll back protections for transgender people at the ballot. 

“Boston is a great option for Amazon to locate its HQ2, in large part, because our state laws
ensure that industry giants like Amazon are able to attract talented employees of all
backgrounds who know they are fully protected under the law here,” said Phil
Sherwood, Freedom for All Massachusetts Campaign Manager. “As Massachusetts
voters face a dangerous and anti-transgender ballot question this November, it is important
to know what impact that vote will have on a decision as monumental as this one. Let’s
work together to make Boston as desirable a location as possible for all business.”

And for proof that Amazon opposes anti-transgender initiatives like the one on MA’s ballot this November, look to Washington State, where the company joined a robust coalition of businesses—Washington Businesses Won’t Discriminate—who successfully defeated a similar initiative that would have repealed the state’s existing non-discrimination law protecting transgender residents.

We need to work harder than ever to defend #TransLawMA at the ballot this November—our economy depends on it! Click here to volunteer with us and talk to thousands of people about protecting our transgender friends and neighbors, and then be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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